Right now, there are two clubs in the Pittsburgh region.
The South Park Table Tennis Club has league play on Tuesday nights and open play or practice on Thursday nights and the address is:
Home Economics Building – South Park(directly behind the Allegheny County Police Station)
2050 Brownsville Rd
Library, PA 15129
Our Tuesday night league starts at 7:30 PM, so you need to arrive by 7:00 – 7:15 at the latest to get checked in and assigned to a table. Our Tuesday night league draws an average of 30-40 players of all skill levels and is played in a round robin format of 4-6 players in each group determined by ratings and the previous week’s results.
For more information, contact Harold Elson or Gary Egri from our contact page.
If you are coming on a Thursday night, you may want to arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 the first time to see when people are showing up. Or contact Harold Elson from our contact page for more details.
South Park Table Tennis membership is $40/year and new members are welcome to visit 3 times for free.
Location: Eastminster Church gymnasium, 250 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206
Day: It’s open for league (competitive) play Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and also Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Equipment: 10 tables, training robot
Sunday playing format: Warmup is 9:00 – 9:45, first round (mixed groups) is 9:45 – 11:00, second round (sorted by rating and results of 1st round) is 11:00 – 12:30. Occasionally there are special events (team events, handicap tourneys, etc.).
The club is also open for play Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Membership is $150/year for adults, $75/year for students. This includes robot training, access to training sessions/coaching during week, and eligibility for player awards. Day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Contact Mark Krotec for more information.
POTTC committee: Mark Krotec, Akbar Ormes, Jeff Pepper, Ved Dookhun, Anthony Lewis, Rick Claraval.
Circuit Competition: There are 3 levels of play (A, B, C) for RR events. Players are awarded circuit points based upon order of finish in their pool. For example, a six-player pool results in the points awarded as follows: 1st receives 6 points, 2nd receives 5 points, 3rd receives 4 points, etc. Typically, the top 2 or 3 finishers in each pool advance to an elimination round to determine ‘champion of the day. A sports drink is awarded to the pool champions and the overall day champion. Total points are used to determine the seasonal club champion in each division.
Ratings: In addition, an ongoing rating system similar to the USATT system is used to record league standings and determine handicaps for handicap tournaments. Each player’s rating is adjusted after each game, depending on who won and difference between the opponent’s rating and their own:
+500 or more Win +60 Lose -1 +400 to +500 +50 -2 +300 to +400 +40 -3 +200 to +300 +30 -5 +100 to +200 +25 -10 -100 to +100 +20 -20 -100 to -200 +10 -25 -200 to -300 +5 -30 -300 to -400 +3 -40 -400 to -500 +2 -50 -500 or more +1 -60
2-Person Team Event: teams are formed from the highest + lowest ranked player, second-highest + second lowest ranked player, etc. RR pools will be played, leading to elimination round. Format: 2 games per singles match + 3 doubles game = 11 total games.
Handicap Event: RR pools, single game to 31, handicap determined by relative club rankings. Top 2 finishers in each pool advance to elimination round.
Money Event: usually $5 entry fee. Normal RR format in each division (level). Winners receive 60%, second place 30% of entry fees. 10% pooled for later money event extravaganza and player awards.
4-6 man Team Events: If possible, competition between groups representing Duquesne, CMU, Pitt, CCHS, Westinghouse, East Suburbs, City, and South Park will be held.